ou've got questions—we've got answers! Here's how it works—each week, our Community Manager will scour all available sources to find whatever questions you're asking. We'll pick three of them for R&D to answer, whether about the making of the game or anything else you care to know about... with some caveats.
There are certain business and legal questions we can't answer (for business and legal reasons). And if you have a specific rules question, we'd rather point you to Customer Service, where representatives are ready and waiting to help guide you through the rules of the game. That said, our goal is provide you with as much information we can—in this and other venues.
What’s the difference between the Starter and the free Basic Rules? Where should new players start?
The Starter Set is a physical product that contains an adventure, the core rules of the game, pregenerated characters, and dice. It’s intended to be something you can open and start playing with very quickly, providing five levels’ worth of adventure content. This is a great place for people who have never played D&D to begin, because it lets them start having adventures right away using the pregenerated characters.
Basic Dungeons & Dragons
is going to be a downloadable file that contains the core rules of the game, along with character creation rules and, eventually, monsters, magic items, and guidelines DMs need to make adventures. That will allow you to build characters, plan adventures, and play all the way up through 20th level. Basic D&D provides a traditional D&D experience that will allow you to play any adventure—including those in the Starter Set—using only this file. Basic D&D is a great place to start if you’re already familiar with D&D from previous editions and want to try out the fifth edition of the game, or if you want to play through the Starter Set (or other adventures) using characters that you’ve made yourself.
Of course, if you’re looking for more options than Basic D&D provides, the core rulebooks (Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide) give you even more content.
Will the basic rules update that includes monsters have monsters for all levels of play?
The plan is to include monsters that facilitate play across all twenty levels. These will mostly be the most iconic D&D monsters that you’re already familiar with. Additionally, thanks to the way our game’s bounded accuracy works, monsters that appear in small numbers at low levels are still useful at higher levels, so we’ll be including monsters that we think have value across all tiers of play.
Will adventures be focused more toward the basic rules, or is the assumption that they are built for people with access to the books?
Our goal is to make Basic D&D contain everything you need to play, or run, the major campaigns we launch, such as Tyranny of Dragons. That means that any game material referenced in those adventures will typically either be in Basic D&D, or in the adventure itself.
How can I submit a question to the D&D Next Q&A?
Instead of a single venue to submit questions, our Community Manager will be selecting questions from our message boards, Twitter feed, and Facebook account. You can also submit questions directly to email@example.com. So, if you'd like to have your question answered in the D&D Next Q&A, just continue to participate in our online community—and we may select yours!
Rodney Thompson began freelancing in the RPG industry in 2001 before graduating from the University of Tennessee. In 2007 he joined the Wizards of the Coast staff as the lead designer and developer for the new Star Wars RPG product line. Rodney is the co-designer of Lords of Waterdeep and is currently a designer for Dungeons & Dragons.